Make an Apron Using Tea Towels - Part 2 of 2

Uploaded by MissouriQuiltCo on 03.01.2010

Now you want to make sure that your seam got pressed all the way out along here. I like
to sew right along that top edge, maybe 1/8î in. Remember this is just for show, but it
will also add a little bit to the strength of the top of your pocket. Now, weíre just
going to come down about four stitches, and go right back across. Use your foot to guide
your stitch line, so that theyíll be exactly the same width apart. Thatís a good top stitching
rule. All right, now you want to clip your threads.
Let me see Iíve got a few extra threads here. OK, while weíre over at the sewing machine,
now, the next thing weíre going to do, just to save ourselves a few minutes, is, weíre
going to sew the ends of our straps together, and to do that weíre just going to lay them
on top of each other end to end, and weíll just sew those in from the salvage edge so
we donít catch that, and I just take the end of my next piece, and put it up there
so I can chain piece these through. So, thatís sewn together. Now Iíll trim
off these salvages, and then we will iron this open, and get to work on the straps.
For your pocket placement you can pretty much eyeball it. You can lay your pocket over and
give your self a little finger press. So, that you can line it up with the crease that
you ironed earlier into your apron, and weíre going to sew a center line down here, and
we can see that we have just about the same distance on either side. You can measure this
if itís really critical, if not you can just eyeball it, pin it on. Then what weíre going
to do is weíre going to top stitch all around the bottom of this to hold this on and do
one center stitch down the center of the pocket, and you want to place this, if youíre a tall
person this can be placed a little lower, if youíre a shorter person it can go a little
higher. It just depends really on your body type.
So, this apron really does work for everyone. We love this fabric on here. This is a canvasy
type of fabric that holds up really well to washing and wearing, and I think youíll really
enjoy this. So, letís go sew this on, and then weíre going to work on our straps.
All right, weíre sliding along here. People always worry when I come to my pins that Iím
going to break my needle or something, so, Iíll just take that out. I kind of live on
the wild side that way. Make sure your apron stays fairly straight. All right, so weíre
finishing up this last outer edge of our topstitching so we have a double row all the way around.
Pull our threads out, and then weíre going to scoot this over to the center, and because
we have our nice finger press on there we can start at the fold on the top, follow this
finger press line down. You just make sure that itís up all the way. You can pin on
this if you want. I backstitch right here because that gets a lot of strain from your
hands being in and out of those pockets.
Then weíre going to sew that down, and then weíve got our pocket with our center on there.
Isnít that darling? Weíll clip these threads and weíll go work on our straps. Now for
the straps, this is a tedious part, but itís necessary. Weíre going to fold this bottom
in right here and weíre going to fold it in half to get a center crease. The reason
we want a center crease is because as we come back weíre going to fold these parts into
the center crease. Like this on each side, and then weíre going to fold these over,
and then youíll re-iron that together like that, and that gives you a nice little strap,
and because itís now four layers thick it can take a lot of wear and pull. So, weíre
going to do this for the whole length of the strap.
Now you can see we have this all pressed down, and we fold it over, and fold it again, and
this is going to make our tie, and we are going to stitch this, top stitch this all
the way down. The stitching adds to the strength and it eliminates that dreadful turning. So,
weíre going to sew this all the way down this one length, and then weíre going to
come back up the other side, and sew the other side. So here we go. OK, weíre going across
the bottom here, turning it and going up the other side. Here we go! Whew! That was a lot
of sewing right there! Iím a three-strap girl if you know what I mean, and if youíre
only a two strap it wonít take you near as long.
So, to feed this through weíre going to attach a safety pin to the bottom of this strap.
Weíre going to kind of fold it, and weíre going to start on the bottom of the sidepiece
on one side. Weíll just slide that through like that, and you push the pin with your
fingers, and pull the apron and the whole thing will slide in. This is a pretty fast
way to thread something through. Then weíre going to go up over the top here. See, there
it comes, and weíre going to pull this out until we feel that first seam. Then weíre
going to thread it back down the other side.
So, what you get with this casing is, you get these marvelous aprons that are completely
adjustable! You can make the neck longer or shorter as you want. It just pulls and slides.
This is really my favorite kind of apron. When my little grandchildren come over to
cook with me, I can put it on them or I can put it on my husband. Well, he probably wouldnít
wear a cupcake one, but anyway just as quick as that you have a finished apron, with your
little strap ties, and youíre ready to go! Now one more fun little trick, let me show
you, if you take one of these towels, just like this, and you cut it in half you can
actually make two little small aprons. For your little wee cooking helpers that come
to cook with you, or your little kids that love to draw and paint and cook. You can make
two aprons out of this one towel.
OK, so we hope you enjoyed this project, this little apron project. Weíve written this
down for you to follow along on the website. Itíll be under the Tea Towel section, and
so, the Tea Towels are about three dollars, so, for three dollars and a half a yard of
fabric you have a great, fun, quick project that we hope youíll really enjoy. Happy sewing,
with the Missouri Star Quilt Company.